Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones

DVD - 2018
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"A riveting and moving Australian coming of age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town's mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishheart, Charlie's life is changed forever. Entrusted with this secret and believing Jasper to be innocent, Charlie embarks on a dangerous journey to find the true killer. Set over the scorching summer holidays of 1969, Charlie defeats the local racists, faces the breakup of his parents and falls head over heels in love as he discovers what it means to be truly courageous."
Publisher: New York, NY : Film Movement, [2018]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Edition: Widescreen
Credits: Antony Partos, composer; Veronika Jenet, editor; Mark Wareham, cinematographer.
Performers: Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Aaron McGrath, Dan Wyllie, Matt Nable, Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving.
Audience: Not rated by the MPAA; not recommended for ages under 17 without parental permission
Language Note: Soundtrack in English; closed-captioned
UPC: 859686006598
Call Number: DVD J
Alternative Title: Death of a unicorn

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Oct 07, 2018

Mystery that grabs you from the start. Well-acted by the teen leads, and shows how innocence is exploited by adults in a small Australian town during the late 60's. Issues of prejudice, infidelity, and child abuse are broached. Written from the point of view of our main leads, young actors who must grow up fast to face these difficult circumstances.

Sep 27, 2018

Was expecting much more of a story. This is an Australian version of the combination of My Girl and Stand by Me. Rather dark and brooding film about disfunctional adults raising kids in a small Aussie town.

Jul 09, 2018

Enjoyed the movie - thought the kids were real in trying to cope with grown up crap. Did not end up like I expected - just another Christmas week in the outback.

Aug 16, 2017

How very disappointing. Starts out as though it is a tele series at about episode 3. Unless you have read the book you have no knowledge or feel for the characters or their situation. What's worse is that you don't even care. This is primarily due to the vacuous performance of the lead "child", Charlie, who for the entire film gapes open-mouthed at all that happens around him. Such a gormless child I have never seen. Jasper is not much better, and in fact, only tokenised. The stereotyped adults are not much better. Toni Collette tends to over-act in an effort to make the story seem more meaningful than it is; Dan Wyllie is better as the voice of reason; but, Hugo Weaving is wasted and almost superfluous in a cameo-like appearance as Mad Jack. Much of the blame for this lifeless movie lies at the feet of the Director Rachel Perkins whose ability to eke something out of this script is non-existent. Could have been and should have been so much better. Such a shame. 2/10.


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